Nov 06, 2020

North Carolina’s Clear Creek Greenway Receives Funding

North Carolina’s Clear Creek Greenway just received a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources.

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Hendersonville, North Carolina’s Clear Creek Greenway, a planned 1.5-mile spur for pedestrians, bicyclists, dog walkers and bird watchers, just received a $150,000 grant from the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources.

According to city civil engineer Brendan Shanahan, people could start seeing ground break as early as the spring.

The project is one of 25 Water Resources Development Grants, totaling $2.63 million to municipalities across the state, reported the Citizen Times. The grants will assist cities and small communities to: restore streams, reduce flooding and erosion, aid in storm water management and provide recreational opportunities, benefitting the state’s water resources.

“These projects provide multiple economic, environmental, social and public health benefits to communities across the state and help to improve the quality of life for our residents,” said Daniel Smith, DWR director, in a statement.

This grant will provide financial assistance to construct: approximately 4,200 linear feet of paved greenway trail, a paddle access pathway and install other recreational facilities in a residential area. The Clear Creek project greenway is also going to extend the city’s current system of about 3.5 miles of Oklawaha Greenway, so Clear Creek will branch off the existing greenway in the Berkeley Mills Park area near Balfour Road.

There will be a parking area off Clear Creek Road and the path will include benches, play pockets, or little areas with objects for children to play on.

“It seems like something that people are looking forward to, not only as a useful way to recreate and exercise and be healthy, but we’re also hoping folks are able to use it as a means of alternative transportation to get around town and connect commercial districts to the downtown area to residential areas,” said Shanahan.

The Clear Creek Greenway will connect a 334-unit subdivision on Clear Creek Road, the 542-unit Carolina Village retirement community, 80 affordable housing units and more than 70 acres of undeveloped land. Part of the funds will also be used toward repairing damaged, incised streambanks, especially those that are severely eroded.

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